Cowgirl Tennis Upsets No. 6 Texas

April 22, 2012

STILLWATER, Okla.— The Oklahoma State women’s tennis team notched one of the biggest wins in program history Sunday afternoon with a huge upset win over No. 6 Texas, winning, 4-3, in thrilling fashion. Junior Malika Rose highlighted the afternoon as she sealed the victory with a three-set win over the No. 30 player in the nation in the last match finished.

The win marks the first time the Cowgirls have defeated the Longhorns since 1989, as well as the highest-ranked opponent OSU has defeated since the creation of the Big 12 Conference.

“I’m so proud of the girls because all the hard work paid off,” coach Chris Young said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve beat them. The girls just stuck to the plan. All season we’ve been really close, and I think we just needed something like this to break through. I’m really proud of what Malika did out there. She knew all the pressure was on her and she stepped up. It’s exciting.”

The Cowgirls (11-8, 5-4 Big 12) started the day by earning the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. C.C. Sardinha and Isabela Miro put away the Longhorn duo at No. 3, with an 8-4 win. The No. 58 team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana followed that with an 8-4 victory to seal the opening point for the Cowgirls. 

Meghan Blevins and Mary Jeremiah kept the match close with the No. 42 tandem of Lina Padegimaite and Noel Scott but were unable to complete the doubles sweep for the Cowgirls, losing 8-5.



In singles play, the Longhorns (14-7, 7-2 Big 12) answered with three quick victories at Nos. 1, 5 and 6 to come within one singles win of sealing the dual victory.

The Cowgirls, now down 3-1, had other ideas for how the match would play out. Narattana outlasted Cierra Gaytan-Leach at the No. 4 position with a 7-6, 6-2 win while Blevins defeated Noel Scott, 6-2, 6-4,  at No. 3 to tie the match at 3-3 and keep OSU’s upset hopes alive.

The final point came down to court No. 2 as Rose went head-to-head with No. 30 Aeriel Ellis of Texas. Rose took the first set with a comfortable 6-4 win, but Ellis responded with a 6-4 win of her own in the second to force the match into a dual-deciding third set. Rose finished off the Longhorn with a 6-2 victory to clench the Cowgirls’ 11th win of the season and send her teammates storming onto her court for a joyous celebration.

“We got the doubles point and I felt pretty confident going into my singles,” Rose said. “I think the key for me was the energy. I felt like my team was really competing hard, and I was trying to stay in the moment. I was just sticking to my game plan.

“I didn’t think about the fact that they were ranked sixth. Even though they didn’t tell me it was tied, I kind of knew it was, and I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. I think that was key, too.”

The Cowgirls return to action at the Big 12 Championship April 26-29, hosted by Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

No. 51 Oklahoma State 4, No. 6 Texas 3

April 22, 2012 | Stillwater, Okla. | DeBois Tennis Complex  

DOUBLES | Order of finish: 3,1,2
No. 1 – No. 58
Malika Rose/Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. Krista Damico/C. Gaytan-Leach (UT) 8-4
No. 2 – No. 42 Lina Padegimaite/Noel Scott (UT) def. Mary Jeremiah/Meghan Blevins (OSU) 8-5                     
No. 3 –C.C. Sardinha/Isabela Miro (OSU) def. Elizabeth Begley/Aeriel Ellis (UT) 8-4

SINGLES | Order of finish: 5,6,1,4,3,2*
No. 1 – No. 62 Krista Damico (UT) def. C.C. Sardinha (OSU) 6-1, 6-3
No. 2 – Malika Rose (OSU) def. No. 30 Aeriel Ellis (UT) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
No. 3 – Meghan Blevins (OSU) def. Noel Scott (UT) 6-2, 6-4
No. 4 – Kanyapat Narattana (OSU) def. C. Gaytan-Leach (UT) 7-6(5), 6-2
No. 5 – Lina Padegimaite (UT) def. Mary Jeremiah (OSU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 6 – Elizabeth Begley (UT) def. Isabela Miro (OSU) 6-2, 6-4

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